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A group of British retirees decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
Comedy Drama - While this British comedy-drama stars a number of older actors and
hence targets older adults, its warm message gives it appeal to
younger adults as well. Fans of the stars, especially Judi Dench,
Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson, will quite enjoy. There is some
mildly suggestive humor and some gay themes that will be of caution
to parents, but kids wouldn't be interested anyhow.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Those who will see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are looking for something calm, safe, gently humorous, and entirely unchallenging. And that's exactly what they get.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good What we may not expect is what a charming, funny and heartwarming movie this is, a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.
USA TodayFull Review Good The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a refreshing, mature fairy tale with a top-notch ensemble cast.
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THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is supposed to be India's answer for the
UK's most elegant retirees - a place where they can spend their golden years
surrounded by lush
amenities - that is, until seven retirees who are in need of a transformation
find themselves on the
front steps of the not-quite-ready resort.
Arriving in sun-baked Jaipur, with only the hope to begin their life anew amidst
personal baggage are: the bereaved and financially stranded Evelyn (Judi Dench),
disillusioned High Court Judge Graham (Tom Wilkinson), the quarrelsome couple
Jean (Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton), the die-hard love seekers Norman (Ronald
Madge (Celia Imrie), and Muriel (Maggie Smith) - who intends to have her hip
immediately leave India for good. They are all at the mercy of the hotel's
young owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), who inherited the once sophisticated
building from his
father hoping to turn it into a high end luxury hotel. So far, he might only
have chaos to offer, but
what Sonny lacks in resources, he makes up for in enthusiasm.
Still, the new residents are aghast to find "improvements" to the property have
such amenities as water, electricity and phones iffy at best. They are equally
disoriented by an India
full of contrasts, at once intoxicating and frightening, traditional and modern,
beautiful and strange. At
first, these seven newcomers seem unsure about what the future might hold.
However, as they begin
to forge new friendships, they make some unexpected discoveries and start to let
go of the past.